District begins search for next superintenden
Basehor-Linwood School District officials said there are at least 16 people interested in the superintendent's job, which will be vacated at the end of the school year.
School Board members were updated on the search during a meeting Monday, Nov. 11, at Basehor-Linwood Middle School.
At the end of the year, current Superintendent Cal Cormack will retire. School officials and representatives from the Kansas Association of School Boards have begun searching for a replacement.
School officials and KASB representatives have met with community members and school district personnel to decide what kind of superintendent should be hired.
"It was unanimous, they want a clone of the current one," said Cheryl Clark, school district clerk, who was involved in the meetings.
Cormack has announced he will retire at the end of the year. He said he was staying until the end of the year to see a proposed bond issue through public vote.
In January, Basehor and Linwood voters will decide whether to approve a $29.9 million bond issue, which would pay for construction of a new middle school and renovations to three elementary schools.
Clark said the school district will be mailing out an informational brochure in coming weeks to school districts about the Basehor-Linwood vacancy.
Cormack briefed School Board members Monday night on the continuing budget problems the state is facing.
He said it now appears more than likely that Kansas school districts will absorb a per pupil funding reduction, possibly before the end of the school year.
"The state's financial condition continues to worsen," Cormack said, citing a state budget deficit fast approaching $1 billion.
Last year, state officials approved a per pupil reduction of $27 per student.
This year, a per pupil reduction could range anywhere from $75 to $200 per student, Cormack said.
The possible budget cuts were a discussion item during the recent KASB meeting hosted at Basehor-Linwood High School.
"(Some superintendents) said if it comes in at $200 per student, there will be schools close at the end of April," Cormack said.
Basehor-Linwood officials are now looking through the budget for possible ways to cut back expenditures.
"We've begun combing through the budget to look for possible adjustments should the other shoe fall," Cormack said.
A sale of outdated and out-of-warranty computers has garnered the school district approximately $28,000, school officials said.
Last month, the school district began selling the old computers, roughly 270 total, at discounted prices to the public. So far, 140 of the computers have been sold.
School officials said the remaining computers are still available to the public.
Depending on the model, the computers cost between $100 to $200.
Anyone interested should contact Jan Laffoon at the Basehor-Linwood Virtual Charter School at (913) 724-1727.
The Monday night meeting was hosted at Basehor-Linwood Middle School instead of the district central office.
"We've decided to start having our meetings down here two or three times a year," School Board president Kerry Muehller said.